BRAZIL -- The Greencastle Tiger Cubs haven't had much success against the Northview Knights' basketball program and that continued on Tuesday night.
The Knights topped the Tiger Cubs for at least the 16th consecutive time dating back to before the 1993-94 season.
Northview earned a senior night victory by a 46-33 score as Tiger Cub senior Nick Hutcheson reached a rare plateau of 1,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds with a second quarter board.
"He's meant a lot (to the program)," Greencastle coach Troy Greenlee said of Hutcheson. "When you can count on a guy to get a lot of rebounds and carry the load in the scoring. So he's meant a lot. Just wish we all could have had a better night to pass that milestone."
Greenlee was left with more questions than answers in regards to the rest of the game as Greencastle lost for the first time in February.
"We've got to figure out where to go from here," Greenlee said. "We'll put it behind us and come in here tomorrow ready for practice.
"We hadn't played for about 10 days. I don't know if it was that or what it was," Greenlee added. "I just get tired of coming here and feeling this way when we play here. For some reason it just felt like we weren't ready to play tonight. I can't put my finger on it."
Turnovers in the second half played a large role in the outcome as Greencastle hung with the Knights before intermission, trailing just 25-24 as Jesse Tesmer had 10 points and four boards before break. Greencastle had its troubles with the Knights' senior guard Dillon Reynolds, who had nine of his 13 points over the opening half.
In the third quarter, neither team had much success protecting the ball early as back-to-back turnovers by both squads kept the Knights' one-point margin alive.
Unfortunately for Greencastle, the Knights were able to dissect the Tiger Cubs post pressure with back cuts to the basket.
Northview's 6'2 senior Chance Talbot scored twice on lay-ins off feeds to him cutting to the basket along the baseline. A third straight turnover by Greencastle led to another bucket by Talbot, the third straight for the forward and Northview's lead grew to 31-24 with 3:56 left in the third quarter.
Greenlee wasn't happy with the role the turnovers played in allowing the Knights to build upon their lead.
"We've got to control the ball better and take care of it when teams pressure us," Greenlee said. "We need to be poised with the ball instead of trying to make plays that we can't make. We need to finish at the rim. Name it, we've got to do it. Tonight was very disappointing. I thought we had come a long way in the last few weeks, but tonight we took a step backward."
Greencastle would make a run to within 31-29 as Hutcheson scored off an offensive rebounds and Tesmer completed a three-point play, but a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Northview's Craig Peters silenced the run and gave the Knights a 34-29 heading to the final quarter.
In the fourth, Northview continued its surge, getting a pair of free throws by Reynolds before a dunk by Hutcheson. However, the Tiger Cubs couldn't build upon their own momentum created by the 6'7 forward.
Peters followed with a lay-in and added a bucket off an assist by Reynolds after a hard foul.
Trailing 40-33 after two free throws by Hutcheson with 5:36 remaining, Greencastle wouldn't get any closer as Northview worked the clock for three late lay-ins and a victory.
In the junior varsity contest, Northview won 41-37 as Ian Heffner and Christian Ellis had 10 points apiece. Greencastle was led by 12 from Anthony Mitchell, nine from Tanner Nicholson and six from Colyn Foxx.
Greencastle (11-6) returns to action at home on Friday night, hosting Southmont, while the Knights (7-12) face Clay City on the road the same night.
Greencastle (33) Huber 2-4 0-0 4, Gilliam 0-0 0-0 0, Christy 1-2 0-0 3, Stuckwisch 1-5 0-2 3, Hutcheson 3-12 2-2 8, Muncie 0-0 0-0 0, Haussin 0-2 2-2 2, Tesmer 6-9 1-1 13, Keyt 0-0 0-0 0, Foxx 0-0 0-0 0, Gerard 0-0 0-0. Totals: 13-35 5-7 33.
Northview (46) Hyatt 1-5 0-0 2, Reynolds 5-9 2-2 13, Talbot 7-9 0-0 14, Ninesling 1-1 0-0 2, Pestoff 1-2 0-0 2, Peters 4-11 0-1 11, Ball 0-2 0-0 0, Mace 1-4 0-0 2, Kimball 0-0 0-0 0, Clark 0-0 0-0 0, Hakman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 20-43 2-3 46.
Greencastle 11 13 5 4 -- 33
Northview 14 11 9 12 -- 46
3-point fieldgoals -- GC 2-6 (Christy 1-1, Stuckwisch 1-4, Haussin 0-1), Nv 4-10 (Peters 3-6, Reynolds 1-2, Hyatt 0-1, Ball 0-1). Total Rebounds -- GC 18 (Tesmer 7, Hutcheson 6), Nv 25 (Talbot 5, Peters 3, Ninesling 3). Team rebounds -- GC 2, Nv 3. Total Fouls -- GC 9, Nv 13. Turnovers -- GC 19, Nv 14.